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On 10/22/2023 at 11:21 AM, baron-pierreIV said:

What is it all about?  The first portion looks very Baku 2015 and w/o any context, HUH??  :blink:

We mentioned about that.

There was an initial idea for the proper Opening ceremony but considering some political issues by Piñera's government (corruption and lack of money) they required an emergency replacement. They sort of rescue that but it was a letdown considering what Lima 2019 did 4 years ago.

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Just now, Bear said:

Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (with audio this time!)

aaand that submitted without the video, here it is:

 

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8 hours ago, sebastien1214 said:

Question: Do you know where I can find the London 2012 ceremonies with correct sound? The version available on the Olympic Games YouTube channel has such horrible sound that it completely ruins the experience.

here's the olympic closing ceremony with better audio than the youtube version: https://olympics.com/en/video/closing-ceremony-london-2012-replays

unfortunately i do not have the olympic opening, so if anyone else has this feel free to respond

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21 hours ago, cfm Jeremie said:

Interesting find, a making of Barcelona 92 Ceremonies: 

 

This is great!!  Brings back memories of that night when I saw my first LIVE Olympic Opening Ceremony!!  One of the highlights of my life!! And that arrow flew over us!!  Merci, jeremie, for finding this and posting it.  

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The Los Angeles 1984 ceremonies have been on my mind lately, and I nowdays watch them quite a bit. Always fun to see them that's amazingly 40 years ago. NOBODY wanted to go home after both ceremonies! Makes me wonder how much of those 1984 elements will get incorporated into the 2028 version, despite being from a different and much earlier era.

Been reading a book recently called Can't Slow Down by Michaelangelo Matos, a book actually chronicling the explosive period from 1983 and well into 1985 in pop music and taken from the title of Lionel Ritchie's blockbuster album that was selling at the time. But it does touch on Lionel Ritchie and his famed Closing Ceremony appearance performing his signature #1 hit All Night Long, done in a special Olympic version that cemented those Olympics and the party, with all over 200 of those breakdancers (including future actor Cuba Gooding Jr.) among a cast of 10,000 people, something we already touched on here.

The 23,000 square foot stage on center pitch, about a third of the size of the field, cost $500,000 back then ($1.2 million in 2020 and likely a bit more now). Constructed in four weeks, it arrived in 4 trucks and was installed in 12 hours by 300 workers following the end of the track and field events the previous Saturday night. One ring of the lower level served as a pit for the 60-member Los Angeles Olympic Symphony Orchestra, while the three other rings were filled with water 6 feet (1.8 m) deep. Ritchie basically said that his rehearsal that he would run around the stage for 10 minutes. Rehearsals were conducted in San Fernando Valley.

Some of the breakers themselves involved came from the Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles. Gooding and his crew were known as the Majestic Visual Break Dancers back in the early 1980s and used to perform on the streets. Just a group of kids who would put a piece of cardboard down and a boom box radio and would practice their moves out in front of storefronts and get change from passersby to earn food money. The stores would though frequently shew them away. But then they came across that Watts-Willowbrook recreational center that offered them space to practice along with other young dancers auditioning. They were allowed to rehearse for the closing ceremony in the gymnasium under the condition that they bring their homework along with them.

The 1984 closing ceremony does leave a legacy outside of the show, his performance and the breakdancers and all the other fun stuff--and I don't just refer and mean how in 1984 Hollywood, entertainment, and sports collided like never before in LA and how it elevated the ceremonies and Cuba himself: it was there at the CC that the 35-year old met and eyed a 17-year old comely dancer named Diane Alexander when he was still married to Brenda Harvey in a seemingly inseperable and storybook marriage that was too good to be true and allowed Brenda to run non-music affairs. Lionel and Diane very soon started dating, paid her for everything, and regularly spoiled her. Four years later in 1988, Brenda caught Lionel Ritchie and Diane together in Diane's Beverly Hills apartment at 2 in the morning and flew into a rage at them. She assaulted both but during that Ritchie ran and drove away fast in his Porsche before Brenda's wrath turned on Diane before 4 LAPD officers restrained her. Brenda later got charged with assault.  

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/\/\ Why did you have to tell the TAWDRY extra-marital affair of Ritchie?  I mean -- who cares?  It WASn't part of the Closing Ceremony proper.  You just sullied the remembrance of the actual Closing Ceremony you bothered to type. 

BTW, I don't know where Ritchie got his stats for the reconstruction of the Closing Ceremony stage -- but I got mine from the designer of the LA Ceremony sets, Rene Lagler.  The set was actually first put together on the football field of Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, CA (already defunct so LA Ceremonies had the run of the compound) where they conducted rehearsals and fine tune-ups . . .  NOT in San Fernando Valley.  Why should Ritchie rehearse there?  The set, lighting, fountains, etc,, etc. was then disassembled and loaded into 60 trucks and then put back together at LA Coliseum over a period of 18 hours -- after which they were just able to do one more quick tech run-through (with the Seoul 1988 team this time, Ueberroth and Samaranch's Closing remarks and the Dance Theatre of Harlem) before they let the spectators in. 

The entire set was ready and cleared by 6:00 pm (except for more Lighting tune-ups) for spectators to come in, as well as the male marathoners.  The reason the marathons started at Santa Monica College was so that on the final day, the Ceremonies unit could finish their work at the Coliseum without the intrusion of starting the Men's Marathon there.  

(Many of the 60 trucks had to park in USC because some of the adjacent parking lots around the Coliseum were used for the UFO stunt.)  Afterwards, some of that gigantic stage was broken up and stored in the Coliseum's bowels.  The rest was divved up between USC, the Masonic Auditorium and Disney's Imagineering studio (where the UFO prop was built).  

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I do miss the old pre-Pepsi ceremonies of the Champions League final. I get that it's pretty much the least important thing about the night, as it should be, but I can't help feeling that some of the sense of occasion has gone since Pepsification - whichever musician the NFL deemed not big enough for the Super Bowl backed by the same clutch of street dancers each time plus as many fireworks as UEFA can get their hands on just isn't the same :(

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